Spicing up life with reward systems

This week’s Star Wars Shining Moment: the re-enactment of the trash compactor scene. Now… moving forward to the topic of this post… Our Star Wars Reward System. I love reward systems! Acknowledging hard work, effort, and goodness always helps to improve the morale of every day life. We kicked off the year with a ‘Star …

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Star Wars Toothfairy Shenanigans

Our days are full of learning, work, and imaginative play. The Star Wars theme sprinkles itself into life which adds a little excitement and joy to our homeschool. As a child, Tony collected a variety of Star Wars action figures. These totes have been collecting dust in our garage for a decade. This year we …

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The Cat

Last spring, Jozlin brought me a page of lyrics and told me she was writing a song. Naturally, I jumped on the opportunity. A project like this is my dream come true. A real life application of knowledge! The words she developed were mind blowing! We slimmed it down to verses and a chorus that …

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Canning Peaches

A new poem to help recall the joy of canning peaches.

The Barnes Family Jedi Academy

The start of school is a magical time! New school supplies, a new classroom, and the anticipation of what the year will bring. Would my kids miss out on the excitment of a new school year because we homeschool? I have learned there is no need to fret. The excitement of my children for the …

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Our Journey: Sewing Hobbes & Fiona

Our family is obsessed with Calvin & Hobbes. Naturally the girls wanted a Hobbes stuffed animal. After a quick search, I learned that Bill Watterson never sold his rights to sell Calvin & Hobbes merchandise. I scoured the web and found an awesome free pattern to sew a stuffed Hobbes. She warns there is a …

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I love Spring

Fall is fast approaching and with it dawns a new school year! So naturally we are wrapping up the odds and ends from last year. One of those things is a music video by Zaylee the talented 7 year old composer. This spring while waiting for the snow to melt she wrote the words to …

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An Angel’s Lullaby

It has been four years since Izabelle passed through the veil of death. It feels like a lifetime ago, yet sometimes waves of grief hit as if we lost her yesterday. I thought my heart would be healed at this point…. but this month has taught me that my heart has a hole that I …

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Fear Not!

15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, …

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